The Obama campaign got a bit of good news on Tuesday, as new data showed the employment picture is brightening in states that are likely to help decide the 2012 general election.
Mirroring national trends, the unemployment rate dropped or remained static in 12 key swing states in the first month of the year when compared to the previous month, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of MORECharles Riley - Mar 14, 2012 3:02 PM ET
Here's the latest way President Obama wants to help the unemployed.
The president is looking to give displaced workers $4,000 a year to pursue training in technical fields to land new jobs.
The grants are part of the latest jobs proposal unveiled by Obama Monday. Many of them have gone nowhere as Congress and the White House continue to fight over the best way to promote job creation.
The plan would provide additional MORETami Luhby - Mar 12, 2012 4:58 PM ET
Though employers are finally hiring again, it could take until 2020 to get employment back to pre-recession levels.
The new estimate of the jobs gap, released Monday by Brookings' Hamilton Project, is
based on a relatively rosy monthly job creation estimate of 208,000. (That's the average rate for 2005, which was the best year of job creation in the 2000s.)
While that may sound optimistic, job growth has been on a winning streak, MORETami Luhby - Mar 12, 2012 1:29 PM ET
Tuesday is purportedly the most super day of the primary season.
I think it might actually be quite boring. Tennessee and Ohio look close -- but the writing is on the wall in other states. Most forecasts show that Mitt Romney will capture the majority of delegates and thereby continue his long slog toward securing his party's nomination.
So let's jump ahead to the general election, where (last time I checked) the MORECharles Riley - Mar 6, 2012 11:30 AM ET
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